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January 30, 2015 12:00 pm

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As Congress undertakes its most serious effort to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law, backlash against standardized testing has prompted vigorous debate about whether the federal government should continue requiring annual exams. The Washington Post

In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: “free and reduced-price lunch.” What’s the percentage at a given school? It’s not necessarily out of concern about who’s getting fed. Instead, its most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that effects learning. NPR

Whether it is youth here or youth abroad, student unrest seems to be growing in our most uneducated communities. Data shows an increased correlation between a lack of education and crime, poverty and social welfare programs. Education News

Republicans and Democrats are in rare agreement that there is a deal to be had on sweeping education legislation. But first they face the near-impossible task of getting past two words that have become a point of dispute: Common Core. National Journal

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr made a case to keep his job as leader of Maryland’s largest school system last week, just days before reports surfaced that he lacked majority support from the Board of Education for reappointment. The Washington Post

The Tennessee Department of Education unveiled plans Thursday to fine-tune a crucial component of teacher evaluation scores in response to educators’ concerns. Chalkbeat TN

In California, the state could be liable for as much as $1 billion per year in costs if a group of school districts succeeds in winning reimbursement for expenses associated with the implementation of computer-based tests in the Common Core and other new state standards. EdSource

The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Associated Press

Following a rigorous evaluation, the Texas State Board of Education has approved the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. eSchoolNews

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